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  • Same here. I grew up on skim, higher fat tastes gross to me (too thick!), and I prefer to eat my calories. My milk in my cappuccino is a joyful morning ritual. It is a small part of my day, but a BIG part of my morning.
  • ROFL! I only drink skim. I have been told that I am drinking flavoured water, but I'm okay with that. ;-) I am not a fan of milk in general, so maybe that's why skim is more appealing to me - it has less milk taste. Ha ha. It also makes a mean cappuccino foam. And since I prefer to eat my calories - not drink them - it…
  • Heh, try having cats. ;-) Talk about brats! But of course, they think they're helping ...
  • Depends on the day. If I have to go to the office all day, then I plan ahead so I'm covered until I get home for dinner. I like to have stuff in the freezer that I can grab for dinner in case I don't feel like cooking, too (casseroles, etc. that I've plugged into the recipe builder and know how many calories they are). If…
  • I'm not a fan of carrots, either. I really like peppers, snap peas, or radishes as go-to items (they are great with a little salad dressing as dip, or hummus, or even mustard - I love mustard with peppers strange as that may sound). Cucumbers, if you like them. Or zucchini - cut as rounds or strips with a little salt or…
  • I don't think I had a startup fee, but it was expensive to get the foods I would need and all the supplements up front. It might be different depending on your coach, too. My coach offers free lifetime maintenance (she only charges if you want to buy more food), but I don't know if that's standard or just her approach. It…
  • Ideal Protein is NOT a high protein diet. It provides your body with enough protein to function properly but does not flood your body with protein or fat. It keeps you in a calorie deficit that will force your body into ketosis (not to be confused with ketoacidosis) so your body turns to its own fat stores for fuel instead…
  • The only cost is the food. There might be a sign-up fee - I can't remember - but it's mostly the food and the supplements (I didn't buy all their supplements and you can do it with other brand supplements instead, as long as you make sure you're getting the same nutritional values). If you like a lot of variety, the…
  • Excellent advice!
  • I agree with this. If you go low carb and then eventually want to up your carb intake, you have to do it very carefully and slowly, monitoring how your body responds. I did the Ideal Protein diet over a year ago (it's a keto diet). There is a period of transition (at least one month, but usually longer) when you go from…
  • I love everything about this post. Well said.
  • I have several of the Leslie Sansone DVDs. It's been awhile since I did them, but I'm planning to start up again because I'm having a heck of a time getting my butt to the gym. Her videos are really encouraging and I think they're fun - you can increase the intensity easily by adding bounce to your step or jogging a little…
  • I did back in 2014 when I was on a restricted diet, because there were so many things I couldn't eat and at work they were wanting to do team lunches and such (so I needed a place that would offer options I could eat). No one judged, in fact everyone complimented me as they saw my weight coming off. This time around,…
  • I really love Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds series. It doesn't require a ton of space and you can make it more intense simply by modifying your walks to add a little more bounce. I turn some of my walking moves into "dance" moves to make them feel a little harder. Gets the blood pumping. Some of her programs do…
  • I did IP in 2014 and lost 70 lbs. I did well on maintenance for a few months, then I got lazy. They DO offer support in maintenance and guidance so you can stay on track, but I became lazy. So now I'm trying to lose the half I gained back. I do feel that IP works for some people and they are able to keep it off. It…
  • When I was 70 lbs overweight I tried the 30DS and I'm not sure I even managed 9 minutes. The push-ups did me in all by themselves! LOL! I actually didn't like it - Jillian Michaels just rubs me the wrong way. But I'm sure if you're wanting to do it, you can. Just take it slowly. Maybe it won't be the 30DS - maybe it will…
  • Here you go! You can replace the spinach with any vegetable you like. I’ve tried it with mushrooms (good as long as you sautee the water out of the mushrooms first, though it doesn’t freeze as well), peppers, sundried tomatoes, etc. Use whatever you like. Also, I use fresh spinach, but you can also use frozen – just…
  • I have a vegetarian quiche recipe that is fantastic and freezes beautifully. I cook it every Sunday and it makes 8 portion sizes, which I take to work for breakfast every day. I never tire of it! And it will allow modification so you can use different veggies each week, add meat if you prefer, use cheese you like, etc.…
  • I'm impressed you tried - obviously your body needed to rest and those three hours of extra sleep prove it. I know that when I was working out regularly I would make myself work out if I had a cold (unless I was chest coughing), but never when I felt fluish. Your body really does need time to rest and recover, so try to…
  • Yeah, I'm starting to think I might just lower my carbs but not stress too much. I'm consistently losing so far, so it may be a situation where I need to be careful not to overdo them, but not become obsessive about it. MFP goals have me at 60g carbs right now, and I know that's too high to be in keyosis. But I might just…
  • I've never heard of Enell, but at a 34GG currently (at my goal weight I was a 32G - never shrank more than that unfortunately!) I have tried a few others and the one I have now is a little small around at the moment, but it's very supportive for my cup size. It's a Freya Active Underwired Sports Bra. I've found I feel more…
  • I have a very hard to fit breast size and I'll tell you there ARE sports bras out there that will fit you. But you have to be able to put a little money behind them. I have one. Just one. I wash it every time I exercise and it holds my girls in place ... and I'm a GG. So I feel your pain, believe me. Best thing to do is go…
  • I like most beans and I also love chickpeas and split peas. But when I saw how many carbs a bowl of split pea soup cost me, I nearly choked. I'm unclear how many carbs I should be eating to get into ketosis. I know when I was on Ideal Protein I had very few carbs, but I was also on a diet that was only around 800 calories…
  • For low carb, aren't beans a no-no? I haven't checked into seeds and their carb content, but I'm afraid to go searching for protein in legumes and beans because they're so high in carbs. For example, last night I ate split pea soup - it has nothing added to it, just broth and the split peas - and it was 58 grams of carbs…
  • PS. I do dairy and eggs, as well as soy products. I prefer to keep my soy limited to a few times a week due to the amount of estrogen tofu contains, but what other protein sources are there for a keto diet? Nuts? Anything else?
  • Calgary here! Add me if you like - nice to see so many of us!
  • I have done the Wild Rose a few times, but I did not take the laxative after the first two days as it was too harsh on my system. I think you're right to be wary of the laxative - and even if you decide to try this particular detox I'd definitely stay away from it. Your body won't need it. The detox otherwise was okay; I…
  • It drives me absolutely bonkers when my mother says, "Dr. Oz said ..." Ugh. Between this and all that pseudoscience **** he pushes as legitimate "solutions"? I don't hate him, because I don't hate anyone. But I dislike him and will not support him in any way.
  • THIS. So VERY this. Almost anything is better than laxatives, even if you are constipated. Try upping your water content first and foremost, then increase your fiber. If that doesn't work, then either a stool softener or a gentle constipation tea. There is a tea I use once in a blue moon that is extremely gentle - it gets…
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